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Israeli tanks fire into Syria after shell hits Golan

Friday, 20 October 2017

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.“In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights,” the Israeli Army said in an English-language statement.It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in ...

VIDEO: Israeli MP walks out after Kuwait’s speaker slams his remarks

Thursday, 19 October 2017

An Israeli member or parliament walked out of an international conference held in Russia after Kuwait's chief lawmaker slammed his comments on imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers at an international conference on Wednesday. “The saying ‘if you have no shame do as you please’ applies to the comments made by this rapist (Israeli) parliament,” National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim told lawmakers gathered at Inter-Parliamentary Union talks, Kuwait’s news agency, KUNA ...

Hamas calls US comments on unity deal ‘blatant interference’

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Islamist movement Hamas accused the United States of “blatant interference” in Palestinian affairs Thursday after US President Donald Trump’s envoy demanded they disarm and recognise Israel in any unity government. “This is blatant interference in Palestinian affairs because it is the right of our people to choose its government according to their supreme strategic interests,” senior Hamas official Bassem Naim told AFP. He accused Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s ...

EU calls on Israel to stop plans for new West Bank settlements

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union’s foreign service said in a statement on Wednesday, warning that such settlements threatened any future peace deal with the Palestinians. “The European Union has requested clarifications from Israeli authorities and conveyed the expectation that they reconsider these decisions, which are detrimental to on-going efforts towards meaningful peace talks,” the statement said. ...

Hamas says unity deal at risk if Abbas does not end sanctions

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hamas warned on Tuesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s delay in easing sanctions on Gaza was putting at risk a landmark unity deal signed last week.“The continuation of the punitive measures against our people in Gaza a month after the dissolution of the administrative council spoils the general atmosphere for reconciliation,” a party spokesman said in a statement to Hamas media.Islamist group Hamas last month agreed to dissolve its administrative council, seen as a ...

Netanyahu presses Russian defense minister on Iran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to “establish itself militarily in Syria”. Both Russia and Iran, Israel’s main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the civil war in neighboring Syria. “The meeting mostly dealt with Iran’s attempt to establish itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement of ...

Israel approves Hebron settlement plans for first time since 2002

Monday, 16 October 2017

Israeli authorities on Monday approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city since 2002, the Peace Now NGO said.An Israeli committee approved construction permits for the 31 units, Anat Ben Nun of Peace Now told AFP. Several hundred Israeli settlers live in the heart of Hebron under heavy military guard among some 200,000 Palestinians.The approvals are among some 4,000 settler home plans to be advanced as part of a push ...

Israel attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

Monday, 16 October 2017

Israel's air force attacked a Syrian missile battery that fired on its warplanes as they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon on Monday, the Israeli military said. Israeli forces were unscathed in the incident, the media reports said, adding that the Syrian battery that was struck was located 50 km (30 miles) east of Damascus. 

US to pull out of UNESCO amid Palestinian tensions

Thursday, 12 October 2017

US officials have told The Associated Press that the United States is pulling out of UNESCO, after repeated criticism of resolutions by the UN cultural agency that Washington sees as anti-Israel.  UNESCO head said it has had official notification from US that it was withdrawing from UNESCO. The organization said the United States’ decision to withdraw from UNESCO represents a loss to the “United Nations family” and to multilateralism. While the US stopped funding UNESCO ...

Qatar says Israeli fans welcome in World Cup 2022 should Israel qualify

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan al-Thawadi told the New York Times that should Israel qualify for World Cup 2022, the team and its fans would be welcome in Qatar. “Everyone is welcome. It’s a simple answer: everybody is welcome,” he told the NYT. Thawadi made these statements after Qatar backed down on some matters in the region, such as supporting the Hamas Movement in Gaza, as according to Asia Times, Doha has worked to show it is ...

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